It's here. The moment you've been waiting for all winter. IT'S INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY. Oh, wait, did you think I meant spring? I mean, yes. That is also finally here, and if you think there wasn't a shandy in my hand the moment the temperature broke 50, you're sadly mistaken. (But no, I didn't drink it because orange juice is gross and that's what I keep Colin around for.)
Anyway, it cannot be a coincidence that Independent Bookstore Day falls on the same weekend as the first actual spring weather in Chicago because the excitement is too real for both of these things. First, let's talk about books. Then we can talk about spring eats.
Independent Bookstore Day is near and dear to my heart, and not just because it makes me feel less guilty about my bank statements, although TRUE. I love IBD (if I may) because I love the fact that the whole country (world? universe? I don't know the scale here...) comes together to celebrate resilient underdogs who are the cornerstones of many a community. Today's example is Unabridged Bookstore in Lakeview (one of my new haunts following the move). On Saturday, they're having a storewide 10% off sale, so you should take IBD as the perfect opportunity to check them out if you haven't already, and feel free to buy me a book! I'm all about that spaving life. (Also where I nabbed today's book, Annihilation, from the beautiful edition of the Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer, who I'm seeing on Friday!)
When you get home with your haul, go ahead and treat yourself to some coconut mango sorbet made with instructions from the video below to celebrate the almost-dawn of summer. The best part is the cinnamon chocolate chips if you ask me. Which you did. Because you're reading my blog. So, yeah.